3 Family Dogs Killed by Pit Bull and Queensland Heeler
Roseville, CA - Carmen Rutuya is literally sick with sorrow following the vicious killing of her three dogs over the weekend. Carmen says a neighbor's pit bull and Queensland heeler broke through her backyard wooden fence, killing her Shih Tzu and two Chihuahuas.
Since the incident, Rutaya says she can't eat or sleep thinking about the way her dogs were slaughtered. She adds that she has not yet heard from her neighbor about the killings. Reporters tried to talk to the owners of the pit bull and Queensland heeler but no one was available for comment.
The two dogs are being held at Placer County SPCA under a 30-day quarantine (this may be a misprint, DogsBite.org has never heard of a 30-day quarantine, it is usually 10 and for the purposes of rabies observation). The police say the dogs could be released back to their owners if there is no prior history of violence and the owners meet certain conditions.
Lt. Michael Doane said, "Some of the conditions would be if the owner is not with the dog they have to be secured in a kennel. They also might need to get chipped." He added that the dogs following the one offense may be categorized as potentially violent. Rutuya believes that the killing of her three pets should be enough to order the dogs to be put to death.
"I want them to be put to sleep," she says. "But animal control says there must be certain conditions. So next time, they are going to slaughter a human being?"
In California, talk of ordinances targeting pit bulls in on the rise. This is likely due to the success of San Francisco's pit bull sterilization ordinance enacted in late 2005. After an 18-month period, pit bull bites declined by 21%; shelter occupancy rates fell from three-quarters to one-quarter; and pit bull euthanizations dropped 24%.
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